Knowing BMI can help adult men and women understand their overall health. Use the BMI calculator below to determine your body mass index by inputting your height and weight.
Understanding your Body Mass Index
Now that you know your body mass index you are one step closer to mastering your overall health. Find out how to understand your BMI
If your BMI is below 18.5:
Your BMI is considered underweight. Keep in mind that an underweight BMI calculation may pose certain health risks. Please consult your healthcare provider for more information about BMI calculations.
If your BMI is between 18.5 – 24.9:
Your BMI is considered normal. This healthy weight helps reduce your risk of serious health conditions and means you’re close to your fitness goals.
If your BMI is above 30:
Your BMI is considered overweight. Being overweight may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Consider making lifestyle changes through healthy eating and fitness to improve your health. Our Couch to 5K training plan is a great place to start.
Maintaining a healthy body weight is very important to all aspects of well being. It can help you avoid serious health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
One way of checking if you are at a healthy weight is to know your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your body mass index bmi is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height squared in metres. But no need to worry about that, you can calculate your body bmi with the Halls BMI calculator above.
1) Why use body mass index (BMI)?
- A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness.
- BMI can be used as a screening tool but is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.
2) What is the waist circumference?
- Waist circumference is the distance around your natural waist (at the iliac crest – or hip bone).
- If your BMI is between 25-35 kg/m2, your goal for waist circumference is less than 40 inches if you’re a man and less than 35 inches if you’re a woman.accumsan
3) Why is BMI used to measure overweight and obesity?
- BMI can be used for population assessment of overweight and obesity.
- Because calculation requires only height and weight, it is inexpensive and easy to use for clinicians and for the general public.
Note: The BMI may not be accurate for people with greater muscle mass (such as athletes) or in older people and others who have lost muscle mass. For the most accurate calculation, go to a certified professional.